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(12) Brevet: (11) CA 2436999
(54) Titre français: SOUPAPE A MANCHON PERMETTANT DE COMMANDER L'ECOULEMENT ENTRE UN RESERVOIR D'HYDROCARBURES ET LA COLONNE DE PRODUCTION DANS UN PUITS ET PROCEDE DE MONTAGE D'UNE SOUPAPE A MANCHON
(54) Titre anglais: A SLEEVE VALVE FOR CONTROLLING FLUID FLOW BETWEEN A HYDROCARBON RESERVOIR AND TUBING IN A WELL AND METHOD FOR THE ASSEMBLY OF A SLEEVE VALVE
(51) Classification internationale des brevets (CIB):
  • E21B 34/14 (2006.01)
  • F16K 3/24 (2006.01)
(72) Inventeurs :
  • HAUGHOM, PER OLAV (Norvège)
  • NILSEN, RUNE (Norvège)
(73) Titulaires :
  • WELL INNOVATION ENGINEERING AS (Non disponible)
(71) Demandeurs :
  • TRIANGLE EQUIPMENT AS (Norvège)
(74) Agent: ROBIC
(74) Co-agent:
(45) Délivré: 2009-11-17
(86) Date de dépôt PCT: 2001-11-30
(87) Mise à la disponibilité du public: 2002-06-13
Requête d’examen: 2006-11-17
(30) Licence disponible: S.O.
(30) Langue des documents déposés: Anglais

(30) Données de priorité de la demande:
Numéro de la demande Pays / territoire Date
20006170 Norvège 2000-12-04
20012664 Norvège 2001-05-30

Abrégé français

L'invention concerne une soupape (3) à manchon permettant la passage du fluide entre un réservoir (4) d'hydrocarbures et un puits (5). Cette soupape comprend un premier manchon (2, 102) et un second manchon (7, 107) qui peuvent se déplacer l'un relativement à l'autre entre une première position dans laquelle au moins une ouverture (1, 101) du premier manchon (2, 102) est alignée avec moins une ouverture (8, 108) du second manchon ou décalée par rapport à cette dernière, de manière à autoriser ou à bloquer le passage du fluide. Le premier manchon (2, 102) comporte un organe(9) d'étanchéité à déplacement radial (R) qui possède une surface (11) d'étanchéité conçue pour venir s'appuyer contre le second manchon ((7, 107) sur le pourtour de l'ouverture (8, 108) du second manchon, et au moins un organe (60, 61, 62, 70) tendeur sollicite l'organe (9) d'étanchéité de manière à presser sa surface (11) d'étanchéité contre le second manchon (7, 107). L'invention concerne également un procédé permettant le montage d'une telle soupape à manchon. Ce procédé consiste à placer un organe (9) d'étanchéité et un organe (11) tendeur dans l'ouverture (1) du manchon externe. On adapte un outil de serrage sur l'ouverture (10) de l'élément (9) d'étanchéité et on le déplace vers l'extérieur simultanément à l'organe d'étanchéité jusqu'à ce que l'organe d'étanchéité affleure la surface (21) intérieure du manchon externe. On introduit ensuite le manchon (7) interne dans le manchon (2) externe, on permet à l'organe (9) d'étanchéité de venir s'appuyer contre le manchon (7) interne et on retire l'outil de serrage.


Abrégé anglais




A sleeve valve (3) for fluid flow between a hydrocarbon reservoir (4) and a
well (5) comprises a first sleeve (2, 102) and a second sleeve (7, 107) which
are relatively movable between a first positions in which at least one opening
(1, 101) in the first sleeve (2, 102) is aligned or misaligned with at least
one opening (8, 108) in the second sleeve in order to admit or shut off the
fluid flow. The first sleeve (2, 102) is provided with a radially (R) movable
sealing element (9) that has a sealing surface (11) adapted to rest against
the second sleeve (7, 107) around the second sleeve opening (8, 108), and at
least one tension element (60, 61, 62, 70) presses the sealing element (9)
with its sealing surface (11) against the second sleeve (7, 107). The
invention also relates to a method for the assembly of such a sleeve valve,
wherein a sealing element (9) and a tension element (11) are placed in the
outer sleeve opening (1) and a clamping tool is adapted to the opening (10) in
the sealing element (9) and moved outwards together with the sealing element
until the sealing element flush with the inner surface (21) of the outer
sleeve. Thereafter, the inner sleeve (7) is inserted into the outer sleeve (2)
and the sealing element (9) is allowed to rest against the inner sleeve (7)
and the clamping tool is removed.


Note : Les revendications sont présentées dans la langue officielle dans laquelle elles ont été soumises.


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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A sleeve valve (3) for controlling fluid flow between a hydrocarbon
reservoir (4) and tubing (6) in a well (5) in the hydrocarbon reservoir (4),
where
the sleeve valve (3) comprises a first sleeve (2, 102) and a second sleeve (7,
107) that are coaxial and which by means of an actuator or a tool are
relatively
movable between positions in which at least one opening (1, 101) in the first
sleeve (2, 102) is aligned or misaligned with at least one opening (8, 108) in
the
second sleeve (7, 107), in order to admit or shut off the fluid flow,
characterised
in:
that the first sleeve (2, 102) in a recess (71) or the opening (1, 101) is
provided with a radially (R) movable sealing element (9) that has a sealing
surface (11) adapted to rest against the second sleeve (7, 107) around the
opening (8, 108) in the second sleeve; and
that at least one tension element (60, 61, 62, 70) is arranged between
corresponding bearing portions (13, 14) on the sealing element (9) and the
first
sleeve (2, 102) respectively and presses the sealing element (9) with its
sealing
surface (11) against the second sleeve (7, 107).

2. A sleeve valve according to claim 1, characterised in that the radially (R)
movable sealing element (9) has a through-going radial opening (10).

3. A sleeve valve according to claim 2, characterised in that the radially (R)
movable sealing element (9) is placed in the first sleeve's (2, 102) opening
(1,
101), and that the radial opening (10) in the sealing element (9) is adapted
to
correspond with the second sleeve's (7, 107) opening (8, 108).

4. A sleeve valve according to any one of claims 1 to 3, characterised in that
the at least one tension element consists of a helical spring (60).


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5. A sleeve valve according to any one of claims 1 to 3, characterised in that

the at least one tension element comprises an elastomeric material (61).

6. A sleeve valve according to any one of claims 1 to 3, characterised in that

the at least one tension element consists of a disc spring (62).

7. A sleeve valve according to any one of claims 1 to 3, characterised in that

the at least one tension element consists of a stack of disc springs (62).

8. A sleeve valve according to any one of claims 1 to 3 characterised in that
the at least one tension element consists of one or more leaf springs (70).

9. A sleeve valve according to any one of claims 1 to 8, characterised in that

the first sleeve (2, 102) and second sleeve (7, 107) are relatively movable in
that
the first sleeve (2, 102) or the second sleeve (7, 107) is rotatable about the

longitudinal direction (L) of the tubing (6).

10. A sleeve valve according to any one of claims 1 to 8, characterised in
that
the first sleeve (2, 102) and second sleeve (7, 107) are relatively movable in
that
the first sleeve (2, 102) or the second sleeve (7, 107) is slidable in the
longitudinal direction (L) of the tubing (6).

11. A sleeve valve according to any one of claims 1 to 8, characterised in
that
the first sleeve (2, 102) and second sleeve (7, 107) are relatively movable in
that
the first sleeve (2, 102) or the second sleeve (7, 107) is movable along a
helical
path in the longitudinal direction (L) of the tubing (6).

12. A sleeve valve according to any one of claims 1 to 11, characterised in
that around or on one or both sides of the opening (1) in the first sleeve
there is
arranged at least one seal (24, 65, 66) between the first sleeve (2) and the
second sleeve (7), which seals (24, 65, 66) are placed in recesses (67) in the

first sleeve (2) or the second sleeve (7).


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13. A sleeve valve according to claim 12, characterised in that the seal(s)
comprise a double U or V-shaped lip seal (24) that is open towards the first
sleeve opening (1).

14. A sleeve valve according to any one of claims 1 to 13, characterised in
that between the first sleeve (2, 102) and the sealing element (9) there is
arranged at least one seal (64) that is placed in a recess (26) in the first
sleeve
(2, 102) or the sealing element (9).

15. A sleeve valve according to any one of claims 2 to 14, characterised in
that the opening (10) in the sealing element is adapted to choke the flow
through
the first sleeve opening (1, 101) and the second sleeve opening (8, 108) to a
desired value.

16. A sleeve valve according to any one of claims 1 to 15, characterised in
that the sealing element (9) comprises a cylindrical portion (68) that is
adapted
to sliding movement in the recess (71) or opening (1, 101) in the first
sleeve, and
a collar portion (69) which on one side (11) bears against the second sleeve
(7,
107) and on the opposite side (13) forms a rest for the tension element (60,
61,
62, 70).

17. A method for the assembly of a sleeve valve (3) as defined in any one of
claims 1 to 16, wherein the sleeve valve comprises the first sleeve in the
form of
an outer sleeve (2) and the second sleeve in the form of an inner sleeve (7),
where the outer sleeve (2) and the inner sleeve (7) are produced separately,
characterised by the following steps:
the sealing element (9) and the tension element (60, 61, 62, 70) are
placed in the outer sleeve opening (1), with the tension element (60, 61, 62,
70)
arranged between corresponding bearing portions (13, 14) on the sealing
element (9) and the outer sleeve (2), which causes the sealing element (9)
with
its sealing surface (11) to project beyond the inner surface (21) of the outer
sleeve;


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a clamping tool (28) with clamping jaws (29, 34) adapted to the opening
(10) in the sealing element is placed outside the opening (1) in the outer
sleeve,
and the clamping jaws (29, 34) are inserted into the opening (10) in the
sealing
element and clamped against the inner surface of the sealing element opening
(10);
the clamping jaws (29, 34) with the clamped sealing element (9) are
moved outwards in the outer sleeve opening (1) until the sealing surface (11)
of
the sealing element is essentially flush with or projects beyond the inner
surface
(21) of the outer sleeve;
the inner sleeve (7) is inserted into the outer sleeve (2);
the clamping jaws (29, 34) with the clamped sealing element (9) are
moved inwards in the opening (1) in the outer sleeve until the sealing surface
(11) of the sealing element rests against the inner sleeve (7); and
the clamping jaws (29, 34) are loosened from the sealing element (9) and
the clamping tool (28) is removed.

Note : Les descriptions sont présentées dans la langue officielle dans laquelle elles ont été soumises.


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A SLEEVE VALVE FOR CONTROLLING FLUID FLOW BETWEEN A HYDROCARBON RESERVOIR
AND TUBING IN A WELL AND METHOD FOR THE ASSEMBLY OF A SLEEVE VALVE

The invention relates to a sleeve valve for controlling fluid flow between a
hydrocarbon reservoir and a tubing in a well in the hydrocarbon reservoir,
where the
sleeve valve comprises a first sleeve and a second sleeve that are coaxial and
which by
means of an actuator or a tool are relatively movable between positions where
at least
one opening in the first sleeve is aligned or misaligned with at least one
opening in the
second sleeve in order to admit or shut off the fluid flow.

The invention also relates to a method for the assembly of a sleeve valve
comprising a
first sleeve in the form of an outer sleeve and a second sleeve in the form of
an inner
sleeve, where the outer sleeve and the inner sleeve are produced separately.

In the recovery of hydrocarbons from hydrocarbon reservoirs, wells are drilled
from
the seabed or the earth's surface down to and into the reservoir which is
under
pressure. The well is lined with casing to prevent it from caving in, and
placed inside
the casing is a tubing that extends from the wellhead on the seabed or the
earth's
surface into the reservoir. The casing is perforated in the reservoir to
enable
hydrocarbons to flow into the casing and then into the tubing and up to the
wellhead
for further treatment.

A hydrocarbon reservoir may contain oil, gas and water. The production
conditions,
that means primarily the amount of oil, gas and water and the pressure in the
reservoir, usually vary through the reservoir and alter during the course of
the
production time. To be able to control production from the well, that is to
say
control the inflow of oil, gas and water in the well, it is desirable to be
able to shut off
and admit the inflow to the well at different points along the tubing.

Water or gas injection is used in some places to maintain the pressure in the
reservoir,
that is to say that pressurised water or gas is forced into the reservoir from
the well,
and in that case it may be desirable to control the outflow from the well
along the
tubing.

Sleeve valves, which can be placed at suitable intervals along the well in the
reservoir,
can be used to control the flow to or from a well. The sleeve valves comprise
an
outer sleeve and an inner sleeve that are both provided with openings. The
outer
sleeve is fixed and forms a part of the tubing, whilst the inner sleeve is
movable to
align or misalign the openings in the two sleeves in order to admit or shut
off flow
through the sleeve valve.

The reservoir may extend across a very large area, for example, 2000 metres,
and is
usually divided into different production zones which may have very different
pressure. The tubing extends through the different production zones, and may
have
one or more sleeve valves in each production zone so as to enable hydrocarbons
to be
produced from one or more production zones whilst other production zones may
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closed. The production zones can be separated from one another by isolation
packers
that are placed between the casing and the tubing to prevent fluids from
leaking
between the production zones along the outside of the tubing.

If there is production from a production zone at a pressure of, for example,
200 bar,
the tubing will have an internal pressure of approximately 200 bar. If the
tubing
passes through a production zone where the pressure is, for example, 50 bar,
the
sleeve valves must be closed in this production zone to prevent outflow from
the well.
The sleeve valves are thus subjected to a differential pressure of 150 bar
between the
outside of the outer sleeve and the inside of the inner sleeve.

The reverse may also happen, that is to say that there is production from a
production
zone having a pressure of 50 bar, and the tubing passes through a production
zone
where the pressure is 200 bar, where the sleeve valves in order to prevent
inflow are
closed. In that case, the sleeve valves are also subjected to a differential
pressure of
150 bar, in a direction opposite to that of the aforementioned differential
pressure.

A high differential pressure in itself can cause leakage. In addition,
differential
pressure can lead to deformation of the sleeve valves, which can cause the
sleeve
valves to leak when closed.

The problein associated with leakage of the sleeve valves because of the
substantial
differential pressures can be solved by using flexible gaskets of a non-
metallic
material. However, the temperature in the reservoir can be 100 C or more, and
the
reservoir may contain constituents that corrode the gasket materials. In
sleeve valves
where the sealing is based on gaskets, it has been found that leakage often
occurs
after some time when the valve is in a closed position, and gaskets are thus
not a
satisfactory solution to the problem.

To avoid gaskets, valves having metal-to-metal seals have been developed.
However,
metal-to-metal seals have little capacity to absorb the large deformations
that can be
caused by substantial differential pressures, and therefore also do not
provide an
adequate solution to the problem of sleeve valves that leak in a closed
position when
subjected to substantial differential pressures.

GB 2 201 979, US 4,782,896 and US 4,921,044 describe sleeve valves for
controlling
fluid flow between a hydrocarbon reservoir and a well in the hydrocarbon
reservoir,
comprising a fixed outer sleeve and an inner sleeve that is movable between
positions
in which openings in the outer sleeve and the inner sleeve are aligned or
misaligned.
The object of the invention is to provide a solution to the aforementioned
problem
associated with leakage of the sleeve valves when they are subjected to
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differential pressures. The object is also to provide a method for the
assembly of a
sleeve valve where the aforementioned problem is solved.

The object is attained according to the invention by means of a sleeve valve
and a
method for the assembly of a sleeve valve of the type mentioned in the
introduction
which is characterised by the features disclosed in the claims.

Accordingly, the invention relates to a sleeve valve for controlling fluid
flow between
a hydrocarbon reservoir and a tubing in a well in the hydrocarbon reservoir,
where the
sleeve valve comprises a first sleeve and a second sleeve that are coaxial and
which by
means of an actuator or a tool are relatively movable between positions in
which at
least one opening in the first sleeve is aligned or misaligned with at least
one opening
in the second sleeve in order to admit or shut off the fluid flow.

According to the invention, the first sleeve, in a recess or in the opening,
is provided
with a radially movable sealing element that has a sealing surface adapted to
rest
against the second sleeve around the second sleeve opening. Furthermore, at
least
one tension element is disposed between corresponding bearing portions of the
sealing element and the first sleeve, which tension element presses the
sealing element
with its sealing surface against the second sleeve, so that a seal against the
second
sleeve is obtained. The seal is dependent upon the force from the tension
element or
tension elements, and through a correct sizing of the tension element or
tension
elements it is possible to provide a good seal that is capable of withstanding
substantial differential pressures.

The first sleeve may be an outer sleeve, and the second sleeve will in that
case be an
inner sleeve. The reverse may also be the case: the first sleeve may be an
inner sleeve
and the second sleeve will in that case be an outer sleeve. The sealing
element can
thus be placed either in the outer sleeve or in the inner sleeve, and seal
against the
inner sleeve or the outer sleeve, as the case may be.

The radially movable sealing element can be placed in the first sleeve
opening, and
can have a through-going radial opening adapted to correspond with the second
sleeve opening. The fluid flow thus flows through the sealing element when the
sleeve
valve is in an open position.

The at least one tension element may be in the form of a helical spring, it
may be a
spring comprising an elastomeric material, or it may consist of one or more
leaf
springs or a disc spring. In a preferred embodiment the tension element
consists of a
stack of disc springs.

The sleeve valve may be of a type where the first and second sleeves are
relatively
movable in that the first or the second sleeve is rotatable about the
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direction of the tubing, the first or second sleeve may be slidable in the
longitudinal
direction of the tubing, or a combination of both, for example, the first or
second
sleeve can be movable along a helical path in the longitudinal direction of
the tubing.
The first and second sleeve can have one or more openings that correspond with
corresponding openings in the second or first sleeve. The relative movability
of the
two sleeves can be effected by using a remote-controlled tool that is powered
by an
electric or hydraulic motor, for example, via coiled tubing or electric
cables.
Alternatively, the inner sleeve can be moved via a drill string. In both
cases, the
movement can be transmitted to the inner sleeve via a gripping tool having
clamping
jaws that are actuated electrically or hydraulically. The relative movability
of the two
sleeves can also be produced by means that are integral parts of the sleeve
valve, for
example, hydraulic cylinders. In addition to being movable between positions
in
which the openings in the two sleeves are aligned or misaligned, the sleeve
valve can "
also be movable to intermediate positions, so as to enable the fluid flow to
be
controlled to intermediate positions between closed and fully open flow. The
sleeve
openings may be arranged in rows along the sleeves, and be arranged
symmetrically
around the sleeves.

Advantageously, the invention also relates to a sleeve valve as defined
hereinbefore, characterized in that around or on one or both sides of the
opening in the first sleeve there is arranged at least one seal between the
first
sleeve and the second sleeve, which seals are placed in recesses in the first
sleeve or the second sleeve.

Advantageously, the invention also relates to a sleeve valve as defined
hereinbefore, characterized in that the seal(s) comprise a double U or V-
shaped
lip seal that is open towards the first sleeve opening.

Advantageously, the invention also relates to a sleeve valve as defined
hereinbefore, characterized in that between the first sleeve and the sealing
element there is arranged at least one seal that is placed in a recess in the
first
sleeve or the sealing element.


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Advantageously, the invention also relates to a sleeve valve as defined
hereinbefore, characterized in that the opening in the sealing element is
adapted
to choke the flow through the first sleeve opening and the second sleeve
opening to a desired value.

Advantageously, the invention also relates to a sleeve valve as defined
hereinbefore, characterized in that the sealing element comprises a
cylindrical
portion that is adapted to sliding movement in the recess or opening in the
first
sleeve, and a collar portion which on one side bears against the second sleeve
and on the opposite side forms a rest for the tension element.

The invention also relates to a method for the assembly of a sleeve valve
comprising a
first sleeve in the form of an outer sleeve and a second sleeve in the form of
an inner
sleeve, where the outer sleeve and the inner sleeve are produced separately.
According to the invention, a sealing element and a tension element are placed
in the
outer sleeve opening, with the tension element disposed between corresponding
bearing portions on the sealing element and the outer sleeve, which causes the
sealing
element with its sealing surface to project beyond the inner surface of the
outer
sleeve. A clamping tool with clamping jaws adapted to the opening of the
sealing
element is placed outside the outer sleeve opening, and the clamping jaws are
inserted
into the opening of the sealing element and clamped against the inner surface
of the
sealing element opening. The clamping jaws with the clamped sealing element
are
then moved outwards in the outer sleeve opening until the sealing surface of
the
sealing element is essentially flush with or projects beyond the inner surface
of the
outer sleeve, whereupon the inner sleeve is inserted into the outer sleeve,
the
clamping jaws with the clamped sealing element are moved inwards in the outer
sleeve opening until the sealing surface of the sealing element rests against
the inner
sleeve, and the clamping jaws are released from the sealing element and the
clamping
tool is removed.

The invention will now be described in more detail in connection with a
description of
a specific embodiment, and with reference to the drawings, wherein:

Fig. 1 shows a petroleum reservoir with a well;


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Fig. 2 shows a sleeve valve according to the invention;

Fig. 3 is a sectional view taken along the line III-III in Fig. 2, where the
sleeve valve
is in an open position;

Fig. 4 is a sectional view taken along the line III-III in Fig. 2, where the
sleeve valve
5 is in a closed position;

Fig. 5 is a sectional view taken along the line VII-VII in Fig. 2, where the
sleeve
valve is in a closed position;

Fig. 6 is a sectional view corresponding to a sectional view taken along the
line III-
III in Fig. 2, with a clamping tool for use in connection with a metliod
according to the invention;

Fig. 7 is a longitudinal section corresponding to a sectional view taken along
the line
VII-VII in Fig. 2, with a clamping tool for use in connection with the method
according to the invention;

Fig. 8, is a sectional view corresponding to a sectional view taken along the
line VIII-
VIII in Fig. 9, for another sleeve valve according to the invention;

Fig. 9 shows a sleeve valve with an outer sleeve that has openings according
to the
einbodiment shown in Fig. 8; and

Figs. 10-16 show cross-sections through alternative embodiments of sleeve
valves
according to the invention.

Fig. 1 shows a section through a seabed 45 with underlying rocks. A
hydrocarbon
reservoir 4 is located beneath an impermeable mantle rock 46.

A well 5 has been drilled from the seabed 45 down to and into the hydrocarbon
reservoir 4. The part of the well 5 that is outside the reservoir 4 is lined
with a casing
43, and inside the well the reservoir is lined with a casing 43' in order to
prevent the
well 5 from caving in. The space between the wall of the drilled well and the
casing
43' inside the reservoir 4 is filled with concrete 44. Disposed within the
casing is a
tubing 6 that extends from a wellhead 41 on the seabed 45 into the reservoir
4.
Perforations 47 in the concrete 44, which perforations can be made by firing
projectiles through the concrete, permit fluids in the reservoir 4 to flow
through the
concrete 44 and the wall of the casing 43' and into the space between the
casing 43'
and the tubing 6. A production packer 42 disposed between the casing 43' and
the
tubing 6 prevents fluids in the reservoir 4 from flowing up in the well 5
between the
casing 43 and the tubing 6.


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The production conditions in the reservoir 4, that means primarily the amount
of oil,
gas and water and the pressure in the reservoir, vary along the tubing 6, and
will alter
during the course of the production time. To be able to control production
from the
well 5 along the tubing 6, that is to say control the inflow of oil, gas and
water in the
tubing 6, the reservoir 4 is divided into different production zones which may
have
very different pressure. The production zones are separated from one another
by
isolation packers 55 that are positioned between the casing 43' and the tubing
6 and
prevent fluids from leaking between the production zones.

The tubing 6 extends through the different production zones, and has a sleeve
valve 3
in each production zone. When a sleeve valve 3 is open, fluids are permitted
to flow
from the reservoir 4 in the respective production zone into the tubing 6 and
up to the
wellhead 41 for further treatment. By opening or closing the different sleeve
valves
3, hydrocarbons can be produced from one or more production zones, whilst
other
production zones may be closed.

Fig. 2 shows a sleeve valve 3 according to the invention. The sleeve valve 3
comprises a first sleeve in the form of an outer sleeve 2 that has openings 1.
The
outer sleeve 2 is fixed and forms a part of the tubing 6, which is not shown
in Fig. 2.
A movable second sleeve in the form of an inner sleeve 7, which is shown
partly
outside the outer sleeve 2, is disposed within the outer sleeve 2 when the
sleeve valve
3 is assembled. The assembly of the inner sleeve 7 and the outer sleeve 2 is
carried
out by passing the inner sleeve in the direction L, which is the longitudinal
direction
for the tubing 6, the inner sleeve 7 and the outer sleeve 2. Non-illustrated
pins inside
the outer sleeve interact in assembled position with a guide groove 49 in the
inner
sleeve 7, so as to prevent the inner sleeve 7 from sliding out of the outer
sleeve 2.
The inner sleeve 7 is provided with internal grooves 48 that can be gripped by
an
actuator or a tool in order to rotate the inner sleeve 7 between positions in
which the
outer sleeve openings 1 are aligned or misaligned with openings 8 in the inner
sleeve
7 in order to open or close the fluid flow from the reservoir to the interior
of the inner
sleeve 7. The inner sleeve 7 is open at the ends, and the fluids can therefore
flow on
freely in the tubing 6. Fig. 2 also shows a sealing element 9, a tension
element in the
form of a disc spring 62 and an 0-ring 64 which will be discussed in detail
below.
Fig. 3 shows a cross-section through an opening 1 in the outer sleeve 2 in
Fig. 2,
taken along the line III-III, although with the difference that the tension
element,
instead of being a disc spring, consists of a helical spring 60. The sleeve
valve is
shown in an open position, wherein it can be seen that the outer sleeve
opening 1 is
aligned with the inner sleeve's 7 opening 8. The outer sleeve opening 1 is
provided
with a sealing element 9 that is movable away from and towards the inner
sleeve 7 in
a radial direction R or the opposite of R. The movability of the sealing
element in the
direction R and the opposite of R is provided in that the sealing element 9
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face 15 that is adapted to the side face 16 of the outer sleeve opening 1. The
sealing
element 9 has a through-going radial opening 10 that is adapted to correspond
with
the opening 8 in the inner sleeve. The part of the sealing element 9 facing
the inner
sleeve 7 has around the through opening 10 a sealing surface 11 that is
adapted to
rest against the inner sleeve 7 around the inner sleeve opening S.

The helical spring 60 is disposed between bearing portions 13 on the sealing
element
9 and corresponding bearing portions 14 on the outer sleeve 2, and presses the
sealing
element 9 with its sealing face 11 against the inner sleeve 7. A seal is thus
obtained in
the sleeve valve 3. However, the seal between the sealing element 9 and the
inner
sleeve 7 has little importance in the open position of the sleeve valve 3,
where it is the
very intention that fluids should flow through the sleeve valve.

Fig. 4 shows the same opening 1 in the outer sleeve 2 as that shown in Fig. 3,
in the
closed position, which has been reached in that the inner sleeve 7 has been
rotated in
the direction P until the inner sleeve opening 8 is misaligned with the outer
sleeve
opening 1 and the opening 10 in the sealing element. In the closed position,
the seal
between sealing element 9 and the inner sleeve 7 is of major importance, as
fluids that
leak in between the sealing element 9 and the inner sleeve 7 will fmd their
way into
the tubing 6. As discussed in the general part of the description, the sleeve
valves
can, when closed, be subjected to great differential pressures which, apart
from
having the potential themselves to cause leakage, may also lead to great
deformation
of the sleeve valves, which may cause the sleeve valves to leak in the closed
position.
Fig. 5 shows a section through an opening 1 in the outer sleeve in Fig. 2,
taken along
the line VII-VII, where the sleeve valve is in a closed position. Unlike that
shown in
Figs. 2-4, the tension element in this case consists of a stack of disc
springs 62. The
stack of disc springs 62 rests on one side against the bearing portion 14 of
the outer
sleeve, and on its other side against a pressure distribution disc 63 which in
turn rests
against the bearing portion 13 of the sealing element.

The side face 15 of the sealing element and the side 16 of the outer sleeve
opening
form between them an outwardly directed slot 20 leading to the outer surface
19 of
the outer sleeve 2. To prevent leakage through the slot 20, at least one seal,
which is
placed in a recess in the outer sleeve 2 or the sealing element 9, is
preferably arranged
between the outer sleeve 2 and the sealing element 9. With reference to Fig.
5, it can
be seen that this is accomplished by arranging an 0-ring 64 in a recess 26 in
the outer
sleeve 2 between the outer sleeve 2 and the sealing element 9.

The inner surface 21 of the outer sleeve and the outer surface 30 of the inner
sleeve
define between them a slot 23. To prevent leakage through the slot 23, around
or on
one or both sides of the outer sleeve opening 1, there is provided at least
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between the outer sleeve 2 and the inner sleeve 7, which seals are placed in
recesses
in the outer sleeve 2 or the iiiner sleeve 7. With reference to Fig. 5, it can
be seen
that this is accomplished by means of a first sealing ring 65 arranged closest
to the
outer sleeve opening 1, a double U-shaped lip seal 24, and a second sealing
ring 66
placed farthest from the outer sleeve opening 1. It can be seen that the seals
24, 65,
66 are placed in recesses 67 in the inner sleeve 7. The sealing rings 24, 65,
66 are
circular and extend around the circumference of the inner sleeve 7.

The lip seal 24 comprises two lips 50 that are joined and form a U that is
open
towards the outer sleeve opening 1. A central member 25 in the one-way seal 24
holds the lips 50 essentially in place. The lips are made of a synthetic
stiff, elastic
material and are elastically deformable.

When the sleeve valve is closed in order to shut off inflow from the area 32
outside
the outer sleeve, the pressure will be higher in the sealing element opening
10 than
inside the sleeve valve, and the pressure in the part of the slot 23 that is
located
between the sealing element opening 10 and the lip seal 24 will therefore be
higher
than the pressure in the slot 23 on the opposite side of the lip seal 24. This
difference
in pressure causes the lips to be squeezed against the inner surface 21 of the
outer
sleeve and the outer surface 30 of the inner sleeve, so that fluid is
prevented from
flowing past the seal 24 from the seal member opening 10. It will be
understood that
the lip seal 24 could also have had a V-shape, and performed the same
function.
It can be seen that the sealing element 9 comprises a cylindrical portion 68
that is
adapted to sliding movement in the outer sleeve opening 1, and a collar
portion 69
that on one side 11 bears against the inner sleeve 7 around the outer sleeve
opening 1
and on the opposite side forms a rest for the tension element, in this case
the stack of
disc springs 62.

In the above, mention is made of several examples of embodiments of tension
elements, at least one tension element consisting of, for example, a helical
spring 60, a
disc spring 62 or a stack of disc springs 62. A disc spring is a tension ring
of steel
which when unloaded is conical in shape. When compressed in the radial
direction R
the tension ring is deformed elastically and becomes flatter in shape, which
produces a
tension force.

It has been found that owing to of the force from the tension element or
elements, the
sealing element provides a good seal against the inner sleeve, and that
leakage
through the sleeve valve when closed, even when there are substantial
differential
pressures, is completely or essentially prevented.

Fig. 6 shows another example of a tension element, wherein the tension element
consists of a ring 61 of elastomeric material. The tension element can also be
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several types of materials, and can, for example, consist of a combination of
steel and
an elastomeric material.

In a non-illustrated embodiment, the opening 10 in the sealing element can be
adapted
to choke the flow through the outer sleeve opening 1 and the inner sleeve
opening 8
to a desired value. This can be accomplished by selecting a suitable internal
diameter
d for the opening in the sealing element, see Fig. 3, as the opening 10 in the
sealing
element, in order to obtain a choking effect, must be smaller than the outer
sleeve and
inner sleeve openings 1 and 8 respectively. The installation of sealing
elements
having suitable openings, in some cases possibly sealing elements without
openings,
will allow a standard sleeve valve having a given number of openings in the
outer
sleeve, for example, 20 openings, to be used if it is desirable to have a
certain choking
of the inflow from the reservoir 4 to the tubing 6, and where it would in fact
have
been sufficient to use a sleeve valve with a smaller number of openings in the
outer
sleeve.

The inner sleeve 7 illustrated and described in the above is one that is
movable
relative to the outer sleeve 2 in that it is rotatable in the direction P (see
Fig. 4) about
the longitudinal direction L (see Fig. 2) of the tubing 6. However, the
invention is
not dependent upon how the relative movability of the first and second sleeve
is
accomplished, and the invention could also be used in a sleeve valve where,
for
example, the inner sleeve 7 is movable relative to the outer sleeve 2 in that
it is
slidable in the longitudinal direction L of the tubing 6, or where the inner
sleeve 7 is
movable relative to the outer sleeve 2 in that it is movable along a helical
path in the
longitudinal direction L of the tubing 6.

Although Fig. 2 may give the opposite impression, the sealing element 9,
described
with reference to Figs. 2-5, must, be inserted into the outer sleeve opening 1
from the
inside of the outer sleeve, as the sealing element 9 is larger than the outer
sleeve
opening 1. This means that the sealing element 9 must be inserted into the
outer
sleeve before the inner sleeve 7. However, the tension element 12 presses the
sealing
element 9 inwards in the direction opposite to R, see Fig. 5, and when the
inner sleeve
7 is not inside the outer sleeve 2, the sealing element 9 will therefore
project in so far
that it prevents the inner sleeve 7 from being inserted into the outer sleeve
2.

In the method according to the invention, this problem is solved in that the
outer
sleeve 2 and the inner sleeve 7 are first made separately, for example, by
machining
tubes. During the installation of the inner sleeve in the outer sleeve, a
sealing element
9 and a tension element 60, 61 or 62 as discussed above, optionally a stack of
tension
elements 62, are placed in the outer sleeve opening 1, with the tension
element
arranged between corresponding bearing portions 13, 14 on the sealing element
9 and


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the outer sleeve 2 respectively. The sealing element 9 with its sealing
surface 11 thus
projects beyond the inner surface 21 of the outer sleeve.

Subsequently, with reference to Fig. 6, a clamping tool 28 having clamping
jaws 29,
34 adapted to the opening 10 in the sealing element is positioned outside the
outer
5 sleeve opening 1, and the clamping jaws 29, 34 are inserted into the opening
10 in the
sealing element and clamped against the inner surface of the opening 10 of the
sealing
element. With the illustrated tool, this is done in that the inner and outer
clamping
jaws 29, 34 are conical. The clamping jaw 34 consists of several segments
which at
their end rest against a sleeve 37, which via a washer 35 rests against a
screw head 40
10 on a tightening screw 3 8. When the tightening screw 3 8 is tightened,
interacting
threads on the tightening screw 38 and the inner clamping jaw 29 cause the
clamping
jaw 29 to be drawn inside the clamping jaw 34, which because of the conical
form of
the clamping jaws causes the segments in the clamping jaw 34 to be pressed
against
the inner surface of the opening 10 in the sealing element. The sealing
element 9 is
thus held in the clamping too128.

The clamping jaws 29, 34 and the clamped sealing element 9 are then moved
outwards in the outer sleeve opening 1 in the direction R until the sealing
surface 11
of the sealing element is essentially flush with or projects beyond the inner
surface 21
of the outer sleeve. With reference to Fig. 7, which shows a longitudinal
section
through a sleeve valve where the inner sleeve 7 is mounted inside the outer
sleeve 2,
this is done in that sleeves 37 for several tightening screws 3 8 are held in
a common
block 36. Positioning screws 39 that are in engagement with threads in the
block 36
rest against the outer surface 19 of the outer sleeve 2, and the tightening of
the
positioning screws 39 causes the block 36 and the sleeves 37, the tightening
screws
38 and the clamping jaws 29, 34, and the sealing element 9, to be pressed away
from
the outer sleeve 2 in the direction R (see Fig. 6), which results in the
sealing surfaces
11 of the sealing elements, after the positioning screws 39 have been
tightened a little,
being essentially flush with or projecting beyond the inner surface 21 of the
outer
sleeve.

Space is thus made for the insertion of the inner sleeve 7 in the outer sleeve
2, and the
inner sleeve 7 is then inserted into the outer sleeve 2. The clamping jaws 29,
34 with
the clamped sealing element 9 are then moved inwards in the outer sleeve
opening 1
until the sealing surface 11 of the sealing element rests against the inner
sleeve 7.
With the illustrated tool 28, this is done by loosening the positioning screws
39 so
that the block 36 with the sleeves 37 moves towards the outer sleeve 2, and
the
tightening screws 38 with the clamping jaws 29, 34 and the sealing element 9
are
again moved inwards in the outer sleeve opening 1, until the sealing surface
11 of the
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The clamping jaws 29, 34 are then loosened from the sealing element 9, and the
clamping tool 28 is removed.

Fig. 8 shows a cross-section through a second embodiment of an opening 1 in an
outer sleeve 2 according to the invention, in an open position. A sealing
element 9 is
pressed by means of a tension element 62 in the form of a disc spring against
the inner
sleeve 7. In this embodiment, the portion of the outer sleeve 2 that is around
the
outer portion of the outer sleeve opening 1, and which comprises the outer
sleeve's
bearing portion 14 for the tension element 62, consists of a removable cover
52. A
sealing ring 51 provides a seal between the cover 52 and the outer sleeve 2.

Fig. 9 shows a sleeve valve 3 having an outer sleeve 2 which has openings 1
that are
shaped as shown in Fig. 8, where the covers 52 have been taken off. The inner
sleeve
7, which by means of a grip portion 54 can be gripped and rotated in the
direction P
by a suitable tool, is in the process of being inserted into the outer sleeve
2. The
sealing elements 9 can in this embodiment be inserted into the outer sleeve
openings 1
from the outside, after the inner sleeve 7 has been put in place, and the
problem
described above relating to the insertion of the sealing elements, and which
can be
solved by using the tool shown in Figs. 6 and 7, is not present in the
embodiment
shown in Fig. 9. A sealing element 9 and a disc spring 62 are shown between an
opening 1 in the outer sleeve and a cover 52. The cover 52 can by means of non-

illustrated screws through screw holes 53 be screwed in place on the outer
sleeve 2
and press the sealing element 9 and a non-illustrated tension element into the
opening
1 in the outer sleeve, so that the sealing element 9 is pressed against the
inner sleeve
7.

Fig. 10 shows a cross-section through another sleeve valve according to the
invention, taken through the openings in the sleeves, corresponding to the
line III-III
in Fig. 2. In the sleeve valve in Fig. 10, the first sleeve consists of an
inner sleeve
102, whilst the second sleeve consists of an outer sleeve 107. A sealing
element 9
that is radially movable in the direction R is placed in a recess 71 in the
inner sleeve
102. An 0-ring 64 seals between the sealing element 9 and the side wall in the
recess
71. The sealing element 9 has a sealing surface 11 that is adapted to rest
against the
inner surface of the outer sleeve 107, around the outer sleeve opening 108.
Tension
elements in the form of two disc springs 62 are arranged between a bearing
portion 13
on the sealing element 9 and a bearing portion 14 in the bottom of the recess
71, and
press the sealing element 9 with its sealing face 11 against the outer sleeve
107. The
sealing element 9 has a through-going radial opening 10 that permits pressure
equalisation through the recess 71 and the opening 108 in the outer sleeve
107. The
sleeve valve in Fig. 10 is shown in a closed position. The sleeve valve can be
brought
into an open position by the relative rotation of the two sleeves 102, 107 in
the
direction P, so that the inner sleeve openings 101 are brought into alignment
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outer sleeve openings 108, and fluids are allowed to flow between the outside
of the
outer sleeve 107 and the inside of the inner sleeve 102.

Fig. 11 shows a cross-section through another sleeve valve according to the
invention. The sleeve valve in Fig. 11 is similar to the sleeve valve in Fig.
10, but
with the difference that the radial opening 10 in the sealing eleinent for
pressure
equalisation between the recess 71 and the outer sleeve opening 108 has been
replaced by a pressure equalising opening 72 between the recess 71 and the
inner
surface of the inner sleeve 102.

Fig. 12 shows a similar cross-section through another sleeve valve according
to the
invention. The sleeve valve in Fig. 12 is similar to the sleeve valve in Fig.
10, but
with the difference that the radially movable sealing element 9, instead of
being placed
in a recess 71, is placed in the inner sleeve opening 101, and that the radial
opening
10 in the sealing element 9 is adapted to correspond with the outer sleeve
opening
108. The sleeve valve in Fig. 12 is shown in an open position, where the inner
sleeve
opening 101 and the outer sleeve opening 108 are aligned. Fluid is thus
permitted to
flow through the sealing element opening 10 and the outer sleeve opening 108.

Fig. 13 shows a cross-section through another sleeve valve according to the
invention. In the sleeve valve in Fig. 13, the frst sleeve consists of an
outer sleeve 2,
whilst the second sleeve consists of an inner sleeve 7. A sealing element 9
that is
radially movable in the direction R is placed in an opening 1 in the outer
sleeve 2.
The sealing element 9 is almost disc-shaped and has a sealing surface 11 that
is
adapted to rest against the outer surface of the inner sleeve 7, around the
inner sleeve
opening 8. Tension elements in the form of three disc springs 62 are arranged
between the bearing portion 13 on the sealing element 9 and a bearing portion
14 that
is formed by the underside of a cover 52 that is screwed in place in the outer
sleeve 2
via a threaded portion 75. The disc springs 62 press the sealing element 9
with its
sealing surface 11 against the inner sleeve 7. A cylindrical portion 76 of the
cover 52
rests against the inner surface of a through-going radial opening 10 in the
cover 52
and the sealing element 9. The opening 10 is adapted to correspond with the
inner
sleeve opening 8. The sleeve valve in Fig. 13 is shown in an open position.
The
sleeve valve can be brought into a closed position by relative rotation of the
two
sleeves 2, 7 in the direction P, so that the inner sleeve openings are brought
out of
alignment with the outer sleeve openings 1.

Fig. 14 shows a cross-section through another sleeve valve according to the
invention. The sleeve valve in Fig. 14 is similar to the sleeve valve in Fig.
13, but
with the difference that the bearing portion 14, instead of being formed by
the
underside of a cover 52, is formed by the tip of screws 73 that are screwed
into the
outer sleeve 2 from the outside, around the opening 1, and that the sealing
element 9


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instead of having an approximate disc shape comprises a collar portion 69 with
the
sealing surface 11 and a cylindrical portion 68 that is adapted to the inner
surface of
the outer sleeve valve opening 1. An 0-ring 64 seals between the cylindrical
portion
68 of the sealing element and the side of the opening 1.

Fig. 15 shows a cross-section through another sleeve valve according to the
invention. The sleeve valve in Fig. 15 is similar to the sleeve valve in Fig.
14, but
with the difference that the bearing portion 14, instead of being formed by
the tip of
the screws 73, is formed by the underside of a sealing ring 74 that is held
radially in
place in the opening 1 by a collar 77 in the outer sleeve 2, and that instead
of one 0-
ring, an inner 0-ring 64 and an outer 0-ring 64' arranged in grooves on each
side of
the sealing ring 74 are used and seal between the cylindrical portion 68 of
the sealing
element and the side of the openiag 1.

Fig. 16 shows a cross-section through another sleeve valve according to the
invention. The sleeve valve in Fig. 16 is similar to the sleeve valve in Fig.
14, but
with the difference that the tension elements, instead of being formed by disc
springs
62, are formed by leaf springs 70. The leaf springs are fixed in the side of
the opening
1 in the outer sleeve 2, and the bearing portions 14 of the tension elements
in this
case are formed by the fixed support of the leaf springs 70 instead of the tip
of the
screws 73.


Une figure unique qui représente un dessin illustrant l’invention.

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Date de délivrance prévu 2009-11-17
(86) Date de dépôt PCT 2001-11-30
(87) Date de publication PCT 2002-06-13
(85) Entrée nationale 2003-06-03
Requête d'examen 2006-11-17
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